Feb. 8, 1996
Boilermakers Whip Indiana 134-109
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Nothing is sweeter for a Boilermaker than a victory over Indiana. That's what the men's swimming team accomplished Saturday at Lambert Pool as the No. 26 Boilermakers defeated the No. 20 Hoosiers 134-109, marking only their second win over their instate rival since 1955.
"We never talk about beating any particular teams, but I could see it in our guys eyes when the meet started that they wanted this one," coach Dan Ross said. "This was a total team effort which was evident by the number of guys who won events."
Senior tri-captain Matt Brown touched first in three events. Brown set a pool record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:49.42 - second-fastest in the Big Ten this season. He also won the 500 and 1000 free in 4:30.97, a season best, and 9:25.91, respectively.
The other half of Purdue's dynamic duo, Vilmos Kovacs, set two pool records in one event. Kovacs, who already holds the nation's fastest 200 breaststroke time, won the event in 1:59.23, while setting the pool record in the 100-yard going out in 57.18 seconds. Also, Kovacs (1:51.54) was runner-up to Brown in the 200 IM.
"We had a lot of good races tonight and everyone did well," Kovacs said. "Ross (Croasdell) won a good race in the 200 (free) and our relay swam fast and did well."
Croasdell, a junior who finished the 200 free in 1:41.32 after going a 25.05 split on the final 25 yards, out-raced Indiana's Greg Ruminski (1:41.46) to win in come from behind fashion.
In addition, the Boilermakers captured both sprint freestyle events. Juniors Frank Smardo (21.28) and Mike Ullom (46.25) won the 50 and 100 free, respectively, while sophomore teammate Kirk Larsen was second in the 100-yard at 46.41.
"Depth was the deciding factor for us," said Ross, an 18-year veteran of Boilermaker swimming who was elated with the win. "This is a great win and one that hopefully will lead to faster swims at our next event which is Big Ten's."
Sophomore Dan Kleber and freshman Gerald Koh went 1-2 in the 200 fly. Kleber touched first in 1:52.03, followed by Singapore Olympian Koh in 1:52.43.
Also, the 400 medley relay team of Gene Sutherland, Kovacs, Kleber and Larsen won en route to swimming the Big Ten's fastest time of the season at 3:21.45.